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This is the road to Hana

To paraphrase Talking Heads (for you 80’s music fans)

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We thought we’d deal with this separately as it was a full day and it’s worth it! Hana is a small town in the south-east of Maui. The road to get there is rated as one of the top drives anywhere and is a must do if you visit Maui. Why? Put simply, it’s 42 miles long, it’s speed limits vary from 5mph to 35mph along it’s 617 curves and the 56 single-lane bridges that make up the road that clings to the coastline, winding up and down the rock faces all the way. The driver gets no rest; your steering wheel is rarely straight and some of the corners are absolutely blind. Heading to Hana you meet trucks coming the other way and you test your skills to work out where the side of your rental car is in relation to the rocks / cliff’s edge when you have to stop and move as far across as possible so you can both pass. However, there are loads of people that do the route and you all just tootle along at 15mph-ish, stopping whenever you need to take in one of the many stunning views, numerous walks or various waterfalls. It’s not about Hana itself, it’s about getting there. For views, the road knocks spots off any road we’ve ever driven and we’ve seen some fairly amazing things this trip. And we’re thankful to have done it in the daylight on a nice sunny day. We now understand the t-shirt we saw that says on the front ‘I survived the road to Hana’!

Posted by neilthelr 13:11 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged mountains beaches oceans sightseeing Comments (0)

It’s hard to be believe 10 years have passed

And neither of us has changed!

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Saturday (Day 4) in Samoa saw us meeting up with Angela and Adam who moved to Samoa from NZ 2.5 years ago. Angela and Neil worked together around 12 years ago and hadn’t seen each other since 2001 and we’d never met Adam. They played the perfect hosts, chauffeurs and tour guides for the next 2 days on Samoa. We stayed the one night at another Fale (pronounced far-lay) resort, which was a touch quiet due to the cyclone brewing off shore. We couldn’t work out if we were brave or stupid. That night was a good catch up and drinking evening – just the way it should be. Except for the strong winds and tropical rain! Sunday saw us trying the local Sunday lunch, which, I have to say, wasn’t great. Some of it was edible but for Helen’s bland taste buds it wasn’t palatable. Still, it was worth a try. Why you’d eat some of that stuff though….We then went for a tour around the east end of the island, which took the brunt of the tsunami. Sixteen months on you can still see the damage in places, but it’s really heartening to see so much rebuilding and recovery taking place. However, knowing around 150 people were killed in that area makes you think. We stayed in Apia at Angela and Adam’s place on Sunday and had a far tastier meal at their local Italian that happens to be managed by a lady from Essex! Then Monday was travelling to NZ day. This post wouldn’t be complete without extending a massive “thank you” to Angela and Adam. It was wonderful to see you again / meet you. And great to see you settled, happy and healthy. If we leave it 10 years again, we’ll see if we can arrange for some rain for you in Manchester!!

Posted by neilthelr 01:52 Archived in Samoa Tagged beaches Comments (0)

It’s supposed to be hot in Samoa

Not p&$%ing down every day!

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So, 3 days on Samoa and it rained every day. Not Manchester rain; proper tropical rain! However we still managed to get sun burnt on our shoulders. We stayed at Samoana Resort, which, despite the rain, managed to keep us occupied for 3 days, but at a very different pace to what we experienced in LA. It’s just idyllic with a fantastic reef and colourful fish just 5 metres off the beach. Our room had a private outdoor shower and having a hot shower while the tropical rain is falling is something that has to be experienced. The down side of the whole experience was the mosquitoes choosing to dine out on us every night. Neil’s bite tally is 19 on the left leg below the knee and 14 on the right, then around another 15 on other body parts. Helen’s bite count is lower but she always reacts worse to them so some of hers look a lot worse. And that’s with using insect repellent. We’ve never used so much Anthisan either.

Posted by neilthelr 01:50 Archived in Samoa Tagged beaches Comments (0)

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